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TESDA opens baking, barista center

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Good news for budding bakers and baristas: The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority has launched an “innovation center” for the two fields.

TESDA Secretary Guiling Mamondiong said this is the first time they set up such a facility for baking and pastry production and barista courses.

Mamondiong said TESDA allotted some P10 million for this innovation center, with equipment donated by Pilmico Foods Corp. “without asking for anything in return.”

For now, he said the center can accommodate only 25 trainees per batch.

“We target to have 100 to 150 graduates per year,” he added.

According to Mamondiong, bread and pastry production and barista are in-demand courses in the country – and are tourism-related.

“So these courses are really good opportunities for employment and businesses,” he said.

TESDA sees the innovation center as a one-stop shop with a lecture rooms, kitchen laboratories, and cafeteria.